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Shooting Skills

Chest Pass It is thrown by gripping the ball on the sides with the thumbs directly behind the ball. When the pass is thrown, the fingers are rotated behind the ball and the thumbs are turned down. The resulting follow through has the back of the hands facing one another with the thumbs straight down. The ball should have a nice backspin. When throwing a chest pass, the players should try to throw it to the receiver's chest level. Passes that go low to high or high to low are difficult to catch.


Lateral Pass / One-handed Push Pass The ball is held in the same position as the chest pass - in both hands, against the chest. Like the chest pass, the passer steps into the pass to give it more force. Unlike the chest pass, only one hand is used to push the ball. Instead of being released from the chest, the ball is released from the passer's side, just below the rib cage.
Bounce Pass The bounce pass is thrown with the same motion however it is aimed at the floor. It should be thrown far enough out that the ball bounces waist high to the receiver. Some say try to throw it 3/4 of the way to the receiver. Putting a proper and consistent backspin on the pass will make the distance easier to judge.
Overhead Pass The overhead pass is often used as an outlet pass. Bring the ball directly above your forehead with both hands on the side of the ball and follow through. Aim for the teammate's chin. Some coaches advise not bring the ball behind your head, because it can get stolen and it takes a split-second longer to throw the pass.

No-look Pass / Blind Pass

The no-look pass is designed to confuse the defense. It has a high degree of difficulty because the passer looks in a different direction than the direction in which the ball will be going. It is very easy to throw this ball away for a turnover, but when the play works, it usually leads to an uncontested shot.

Shoulder Pass /

Baseball Pass

The baseball pass is a type to use when you have the ball in the back court and your teammate is breaking to the basket. Take the ball and bring it overhead and throw a hard, direct pass to your teammate. The pass should lead your teammate and give him a chance to catch the ball at full speed.
Behing-the back Pass A behind-the-back pass is when you wrap the ball around your back to throw the ball. It is used to avoid the defender when making a pass across the front of you would be risky. It can also be used to throw the ball to a player trailing on the fast break.

Source: www.breakthroughbasketball.com